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Girlhood Unfiltered A Milk Honey Bees essay collection

"This inspirational, enriching anthology gives voice to Black teenage girls through essays, letters and creative works"

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Glowing with love, compassion and respect, Girlhood Unfiltered presents rich, authentic writings by twenty Black teenage girls who are involved with its editor’s empowering Milk Honey Bees organisation. 

Created as “a safe haven for girls to share who they are, where they’re at and think about who they might want to be”, Ebinehita Iyere’s life experiences led her to found Milk Honey Bees, and her engaging introduction shares stories from across her life, including how, at the age of ten, she found herself grouped together with other classmates for being “Black, big and typically disruptive and therefore not ‘worthy’ of any further attention.”

The collection itself is divided into three sections that form the word HER - Healing, Empowerment and Resilience, components that underpin the Milk Honey Bees ethos. With contributors ranging from fifteen to twenty-three, the writings are beautifully personal, honest and unfiltered. For example, 16-year-old Jaala shares a moving diarised account of her day, and her bigger journey through school. Meanwhile, Taliah’s piece ends with a stirring call for teachers, parents and society “to treat girls with respect. We are more than our behaviour.” 

Rounding off with rousing, empowering words of wisdom and support from Iyere, Girlhood Unfiltered radiates life-changing magic.

Joanne Owen

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